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The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 3-26-21 – 4-1-21 Reviewed


Inundated with music day and night in 2021 and yet we still don’t have nearly enough of Danny Brown, it has been two years since his last album, and five years since his second formal masterpiece, so when you hear his name, with that nasal pit, it takes over you ears. As for Brockhampton, one of the best boybands of all time even as it compares to none of them, the promise of a joint joint is a case of tidings of great joy. The new single, “BUZZCUT” features Kevin Abstract  right on top, rapping over an old Jay-Z beat, Danny comes in for the second verse. Kevin is detailing his 2020 and Danny hates everybody on the internet, especially incels. What’s not to like? (Grade: A-).

Still with singles, Taylor Swift has re-recorded a song from the Fearless vintage as part of her “From The Vaults” with Maren Morris singing back up and The National mainstay of her rebirth as an Americana artist, “You All Over Me” has a sliver of Gram Parsons in its makeup and could have used a whole lot more twang but it ain’t bad (Grade: B), the popular math rock band Black Midi return with two songs, one an electronic noise jam plus spoken word, ” John L” (Grade: C) and the other,  art progger “Despair” (Grade: B), the third release of the week by an out black soul guy, Lil Nas X is terrific on “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name),” with two monster hooks fighting for your attention (Grade: B+) .

Over at albums I have already reviewed serpentwithfeets Deacon (here), a magical r&b quiet storm of sex and love and sex (Grade: A), Carrie Underwood’s Christian album My Savior is better than an indifferent “Softly And Tenderly” lead me to believe, just not a lot better (Grade: C+), the two albums make a strange pairing of faith in different things. The Christian rapper but doesn’t make Christian music nf is so hugely backstoried he is a rapping PTSD, his new mixtape Clouds is hard hitting rap tracks like a rat-atat somewhere Eminemish (Grade: B), after a billion streams of “Mood” alone on Spotify, this is certainly a good moment for 24Goldn’s El Dorado, the West Coast rap and hip hop college kid, the album is a major pop maneuver that with the help of featured stars DaBaby and Future (and Ian Diorr but we all know that song), on this excellent and addictive pop chart move he might get more hits (Grade: B+). Speaking of pop maneuvers, Karol G’s KG0516  is the typical reggaeton stuff, with some nice features including one with her fiance Anuel AA – and on “200 COPAS” she adds some flamenco to her sound, it will be usual in Latin American charts (Grade: B-). Joe strummer has reason from the dead on the greatest hits and rarities Assembly (from George Harrison’s also risen from the dead Dark Horses)  and mostly with his The Mescaleros band -it’s all excellent of course though a little why these songs? (Grade: A-).

El Dorado – 24Goldn – B+

Despair – Black Midi – B

John L – Black Midi – B

BUZZCUT (feat. Danny Brown) – BROCKHAMPTON, Danny Brown – A-

My Savior – Carrie Underwood – C+

KG0516 – KAROL G – B-

MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X – B+

Clouds – NF – B

You All Over Me (feat. Maren Morris) (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault) – Taylor Swift, Maren Morris – B

Assembly – Joe Strummer – A-

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